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Arbutus Greenway 2017

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Sunshine – and everyone (it seemed) was out on the greenway this morning. Though the pictures don’t show that.

Newly installed bench

There are to be benches at regular intervals: this is Maple Crescent around 29th Avenue

End of the line

The Greenway ends in one of those no-places – with no connections, or even signs to indicate onward connection. This is Milton Street at Rand Avenue. Note that the Greenway doesn’t appear on Google maps – even as a disused railway.

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Arbutus Greenway

This is the reverse angle looking back up the Greenway. The dashed lines indicate where the blacktop will be removed and replaced by a “landscaped” divider.

The bike ride is great – but will definitely get better as more separation between pedestrians and cyclists is established. Right now people tend to just keep to the right even where signs and paint on the path indicate otherwise. The biggest issue is the street crossings – especially on the busier streets like 41st Avenue and Marine Drive. The old train signals are still place – and what signage there is suggests that cyclists behave like pedestrians. 41st at the Boulevards has long been a vehicle only type of intersection with corrals and blockages to pedestrian desire lines. Much work is long overdue here – and the Greenway is going to increase that pressure.

But even so it was nice to be out on the bikes again – and enjoying the long sections of gravity assistance!

Written by Stephen Rees

March 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

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  1. I rode there today – amazingly busy, tons of pedestrians, lots of kids on bikes. I do wish the connection through to Kent was, well, in any way present. However the addition to the cycling network is so amazing; today I had the pleasure of riding the Central Valley Greenway out to New West, then riding the Fraser to the base of the AGW, then the AGW back down to False Creek for a complete circle. Fantastic!


    March 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

  2. Yes – truly awesome greenway.

    It is interesting that the section between 33rd and 37th is on Google Maps as a bike path. It will be unfortunate when the median is cut out, since that will leave only a 2.5m wide bike path for two directional traffic – not great, especially when volumes increase. Final width for bike path should be at least 5 m to handle anticipated volumes.

    Arno Schortinghuis

    March 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  3. There are different plans for different sections of the Greenway. For full details see the City web page.

    Stephen Rees

    March 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

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